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Monster Mash: Dudamel ticket mystery; Cirque du Soleil drama; Hugh Jackman signs on to movie musical

August 4, 2009 |  9:44 am


--Getting to the bottom: What happened with the Dudamel ticket giveaway?

--Expensive entertainment: The L.A. City Council is expected to vote today on a $30-million loan aimed at bringing Cirque du Soleil to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

--Modernist pioneer: Architect Charles Gwathmey, who was part of the famed New York Five, has died at age 71.

--Big top musical: Hugh Jackman, who will return to Broadway this season in "A Steady Rain," is also set to star in a movie musical about P.T. Barnum.

--Vocal response: A production of Wagner's "Parsifal," featuring swastika flags and marching Nazis, provokes boos from the audience at the Bayreuth festival. 

--Resignation: Elizabeth Smith, chief curator of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, has announced she is leaving her position after 10 years in the post.

--Another resignation: Hope Alswang, director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, has announced she is leaving her post at the financially troubled arts institution.

--Fiscal fracas: Arts groups in Miami are protesting budget cuts that would see their funding slashed.

--Theatrical drama: The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago's Millennium Park is suing Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects over emergency repairs.

--Rock musical: The cast of Green Day's "American Idiot" has been announced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where the show will premiere in September.

--Star recovery: Promoters for "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Pantages say Topol has recovered from a cold and is expected to return for the remainder of the show's run.

-- David Ng

Photo: A lucky fan after snagging tickets to the free Dudamel concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times